Joining the master's programme in Philosophy at the University of Tartu (ranked in the TOP150 Departments by QS University Rankings) will enable you to acquire historical and systematic knowledge covering a whole range of philosophical topics. You will learn how to think about fundamental “eternal” questions (e.g. ”What is the nature of things?”; ”How can one live a good life?”; “What is truth?“) as well as how to unravel contemporary issues (from issues pertaining to developments in science and technology to environmental and political concerns). As a master’s student, you will be integrated into one of our (often international) research groups. You will develop valuable skills for an academic career in philosophy, such as critical reading and analysis, academic writing, and preparation for presentations.
The master's programme in Philosophy will also open up career possibilities in various other fields, such as politics, administration, journalism and education.
Quality of our Department of Philosophy. For the second year in a row (2017-2018) we have been part of the best 150 departments of philosophy in the world as assessed in the QS rankings.
No tuition fee for most study places. Instead, scholarships are available! We provide the 9 best applicants with a tuition-waiver scholarships. There are 4 tuition-waiver scholarships available for EU applicants and 5 tuition-waiver scholarships available for non-EU applicants. Students can also apply for maintenance stipends.
Individual approach. Our program allows each student to find and pursue their own philosophical interests, while taking each student’s educational background into account. See the details of our programme.
Real “hands-on” research experience. Thanks to both individual supervision and research-driven courses and seminars, every student can be involved in a number of research activities with our staff.
International staff and student environment. Our philosophers all have extensive international experience, coming from or having studied and worked in the USA, UK, Germany, etc. Students have come from all over the globe (except Oceania so far!).
Outstanding academic events. We are home to the prestigious Frege Lectures. Our MA students have also regularly organized graduate conferences.
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If you want to become a professional producer of knowledge, a researcher, an academic, we have a proven record of placing our students into highly regarded PhD programs.
If you want to become a disseminator of knowledge, for example through journalism, media, or education, our studies will teach you how to carefully process and wisely use the immense amounts of information available nowadays, and how to get learners at any level inspired and excited about the subject you teach.
If you want to become an influencer or a public decision-maker, in our program you will learn how to articulate and defend your own opinions clearly and convincingly, and how to listen and critically engage with the opinions of others.
And if you don’t know yet who you want to become, philosophy might well be the best place for you! The intellectual discipline and the creativity that we practice and encourage in our lectures and seminars will help you evaluate the pros and cons of different career paths, and will make you imagine for yourself future scenarios you might have never considered otherwise.
Tartu is a vibrant university town, with cultural, artistic, and scientific events taking place all year round. And we have a philosophy summer camp too!
The tuition fee for fee-paying students is 4,000 euros per year. Altogether 14 study places are available on the programme. On the basis of the admission results 8 best applicants will be given tuition waivers: there are 4 tuition waivers available for EU/EEA/Swiss applicants and 4 tuition waivers available for applicants with other citizenships. Applicants do not have to apply for the tuition waiver separately, as they will be considered automatically for the competition. All newly admitted international students are automatically also considered for the competition for a monthly Dora Plus stipend of 350 Euros. The number of stipends varies year to year.
NB! Applicants who are not citizens of the member states of the EU, EEA or Switzerland and do not hold a long-term residence permit in any of these countries are required to pay half of the semester fee after they have been informed of the admission decision (offer) via DreamApply. The official admission letter (necessary for visa application) will only be issued once the University of Tartu has received this payment. The second half of the semester fee is to be paid after the studies have started, by 20 September.
Information about the rules and conditions for tuition waivers as well as tuition fee payments is given here. Information about other scholarships is available here.
"I have always been interested in eternal questions such as how our world works and how human thinks, so I chose philosophy for my Bachelor studies in Ukraine and after finishing I realized that philosophy has become my real passion. I really enjoy how philosophy develops a wide world view, a critical thinking, and respect to different positions. I think that nowadays, in the epoch of technologies people really need all these skills to better understand information, to wisely choose what believe and how to rationally argument your own position. I also think that everyone earlier or later asks oneself what is the sense of life and how we should live, and only philosophy can help with this questions."
Anastasiia, International Student Ambassador from Ukraine
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"An MA degree is a small but important step on the path to becoming a philosopher. To become a philosopher, it's not enough to read books and attend lectures. One has to immerse oneself deeply in philosophical problems and learn the art of thinking. The Tartu Philosophy MA program provides the best support in the region for this kind of individual development. If you enter our program, together with your supervisor you will design your own study plan, tailored to your individual needs. You will receive research experience and extensive individual tutoring. You have the chance to take that decisive step towards becoming a philosopher. "
Bruno Mölder, Head of the Department of Philosophy
"Philosophy’s usefulness lies first and foremost in its potential to „think things through to the bottom". Studying philosophy improves critical thinking, debating-, and argumentation skills, and the ability to understand and interpret texts. These skills are needed virtually everywhere; people who have studied philosophy are highly valued in various fields of life and appreciated as candidates for further studies in many disciplines."
Margit Sutrop, Professor of Practical Philosophy